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Here’s some information about Gonorrhoea and what our qualified GPs can offer to you!

What is Gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria called Neisseria Gonorrhoea or gonococcus.
It used to be known as “the clap”.The bacteria are mainly found in discharge from the penis and in vaginal fluid.
Without treatment, gonorrhoea can cause permanent blindness in a newborn baby.
Gonorrhoea is not spread by kissing, hugging, swimming pools, toilet seats, or sharing baths, towels, cups, plates or cutlery.
The bacteria cannot survive outside the human body for long. 

 

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Causes

Gonorrhoea is easily passed between people through:

  • Unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex
  • Sharing vibrators or other sex toys that have not been washed or covered with a new condom each time they’re used

The bacteria can infect the entrance to the womb (cervix), the tube that passes urine out of the body (urethra), the rectum and, less commonly, the throat or eyes.

The infection can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby. If you’re pregnant and may have gonorrhoea, it’s important to get tested and treated before your baby is born.

Symptoms

Symptoms of gonorrhoea usually develop within about 2 weeks of being infected, although they sometimes do not appear until many months later.

Typical symptoms of gonorrhoea include:

  • A thick green or yellow discharge from the vagina or penis
  • Pain when urinating and
  • In women, bleeding between periods.

However, around 1 in 10 infected men and almost half of infected women do not experience any symptoms.

Treatment

Gonorrhoea is treated with a single antibiotic injection and a single antibiotic tablet. With effective treatment, most of your symptoms should improve within a few days.

It is recommended you have a follow-up STI test a week or two after treatment to see if you’re clear of the infection.

You shouldn’t have sex until you’ve been told you no longer have the infection.

Previous successful treatment for gonorrhoea does not make you immune to catching it again.

 

 

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